The Price of Truth: A True Sto­ry of Child Sex­u­al Abuse in the Ortho­dox Jew­ish World — and One Girl’s Courage to Sur­vive and Heal

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May 17, 2013

Genendy, a live­ly, curi­ous, ener­getic child, the third of twelve broth­ers and sis­ters in an ultra-Ortho­dox Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty. But she car­ried a big painful secret. From the time she was a tod­dler until the age of sev­en, she was sex­u­al­ly molest­ed by mem­bers of her fam­i­ly, as well as young men in her com­mu­ni­ty. When Genendy final­ly con­front­ed her abusers, she paid the ulti­mate price: she was excom­mu­ni­cat­ed by her fam­i­ly. She lost con­nec­tions to the peo­ple she loved most in the world. This expe­ri­ence left her with emo­tion­al and spir­i­tu­al gash­es that are almost as dif­fi­cult to mend as the scars of the sex­u­al abuse. Today, over thir­ty years lat­er, Genendy decid­ed that the time has come to share her har­row­ing sto­ry with the world. The Price of Truth is a coura­geous mem­oir about a top­ic that has been taboo for too long. Genendy’s stun­ning auto­bi­og­ra­phy paints a vivid pic­ture of incest and its impact on the child’s spir­it. In The Price of Truth, Genendy chron­i­cles her jour­ney through mem­o­ry, trau­ma, dis­so­ca­tion, depres­sion, sui­cide, reli­gion, sex­u­al­i­ty, and the attempt to restore whole­ness. She shares the painful process of heal­ing and therapy.

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